Embraer signed a services contract with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to support the six A-29 Super Tucano turboprops that were received in 2020.
According to the Brazilian planemaker, the contract provides for the support of more than 200 components of the light attack aircraft.
“Staying close to our customers and supporting them in their missions is core to what we do,” said Rinaldo Piubeli Prado, Vice President of Worldwide Defense & Security Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales, Embraer Services & Support. “Leveraging on our customer support team in Asia Pacific, we are honored to support the Philippine Air Force as they deploy the A-29 and utilize it to its fullest potential.”
The Air Force of the Asian country had signed the agreement for the Super Tucano turboprops in 2017, which replaced the twin-engine Rockwell OV-10 Bronco in tactical air support, light attack, surveillance, intercepting hostile aircraft and counter-insurgency operations.
Originally, the A-29s were supposed to be delivered in 2019, but Embraer only sent the first planes in September 2020.
The government of the Philippines even suggested a plan to acquire 18 more Super Tucanos, however, until today the deal has not been confirmed.
The A-29 fleet currently comprises 260 aircraft that fly in 15 air forces around the world.